Archaeologists digging up a neolithic parking lot in Slovakia discovered the remains of 35 people, many of whom were teenagers, who appeared to have been beheaded and thrown into a pit some 7,000 years ago.
Martin Furholt and his team from Kiel University, the oldest neo-political culture in Central Europe, are also associated with mega-lithic structures such as Stonehenge in the UK and Karnak in France.
A few months ago, at one of the entrances to the settlement, researchers discovered a mass grave inside of 35 people scattered in different positions, suggesting that they were probably dumped inside. Most of those killed were apparently young people between the ages of 18 and 25. Some of them were between 25 and 35 at the time of their death.
The most notable fact is that all these people have been decapitated, and it is not yet known whether they have died as a result of beheading or their heads have been cut off postmortem, and anthropological studies are under way to determine this.
Researchers believe that all these bodies were deliberately thrown into a pit to strengthen the defensive wall built above the pit, and they say that members of the colony may have attributed magical or symbolic power to these victims, but this is only one interpretation.
However, the Neopolitic settlement in Vrabla was divided into three separate neighbourhoods, each with several large families, and it appears that the defensive wall and moat were built only around one of these neighbourhoods in the later stages of its existence.
Therefore, researchers believe that the strengthening of the neighbourhood was not designed to protect against outsiders, but to prevent residents of other neighbourhoods from entering it; imagine a war between neighbours that has been brought to extremes.